Compiled by CapitolBeatOK
While some Oklahoman's may be frustrated with the process they must go through to purchase pseudophedrine, they are lucky compared to other states. Oklahoma meth laws were put in place so citizens can have access to over-the-counter medication while still limiting the the amounts an individual can purchase at one time.
In some states, Oregon for example, pseudophedrine can only be purchased with a prescription from a doctor. Unfortunately, this system has not worked for Oregon; despite requiring prescriptions, the state continues to have a growing meth problem. (See the graphic accompanying this post.)
Thankfully, the number of meth labs in Oklahoma is on the decline.
In 2014, 45,851 boxes of pseudophedrine were block from being purchased for potential meth purposes. Oklahoman's can rest assured the law is working to maintain easy access to allergy medication while policing the state's meth problem. (Consumer Health Care Products Association.)
Closer to home, this letter to the Muskogee Phoenix makes the case:
“ Let’s face it, Oklahoma isn't the best place to live in the country during allergy season. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Oklahoma City is the third worst city to live in with allergy symptoms in the United States. Tulsa is number 12.
“ The only solace that we can take away from this fact is that hard-working Oklahoman's still have access to over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine. There had been attempts in recent years by some legislators to make those products available by prescription only, as a way to fight back against the meth epidemic in our state. This is because some criminals use them to make meth.
“ However, the facts tell a different story. According to the DEA, 90 percent of the meth in the United States is made in Mexico and shipped in by cartels, meaning any restriction on PSE would barely put a dent in meth use in our state.
On behalf of all allergy sufferers in Oklahoma, I want to thank our legislators for listening to the facts and not punishing law-abiding citizens.